Mayor Khan: “Creating jobs and tackling the climate emergency are two of my priorities for London”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is determined to reach the target of net zero by 2030. They are now creating ultra-low carbon buildings to tackle the climate emergency. Working with London Councils and social housing providers, the mayor’s new plans for the so-called “retrofit revolution” aim to boost London’s Green New Deal mission and sustain and create new green jobs in the capital, reports Smart Cities World.

Through London’s rooftops, mayor Khan is creating opportunities for more solar energy. The programmes will now double the amount of clean energy London generates from solar and now they need more investment to go even further. London’s social housing urgently needs upgrading to be as energy efficient as possible with improvements including better insulation, low-carbon heat and clean power sources, such as solar energy, to deliver mayor Khan’s climate targets and tackle growing fuel poverty.

According to Smart Cities World, mayor’s new Innovation Partnership aims to make it easier for social landlords and UK building firms to work together to upgrade ageing homes in the capital. The scheme will link up housing providers and builders through all stages of home retrofitting, from planning through to large-scale delivery. This will dramatically increase the pace of projects that upgrade cold, damp housing stock to homes fit for the future.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Creating jobs and tackling the climate emergency are two of my priorities for London and that’s why I am delighted London is leading the way on a retrofit revolution. With the COP26 summit taking place later this year, it’s vital that we show how London is leading the way with our Green New Deal. A strong economic recovery from Covid-19 and a green recovery are not mutually exclusive. This transformative approach to retrofit will directly help those living in ageing, energy-inefficient homes, and could play a vital role cutting energy bills and tackling fuel poverty. It will also support Londoners with the skills they need for jobs in the green economy, rebuilding our city post-Covid so that it’s cleaner, greener and fairer.”

Mayor Khan is now counting on Solar Energy UK to invest in the solar workforce through the programme Solar Skills London, which will focus on skills and training to enable Londoners to learn more about solar technologies and help create thousands green jobs.

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